Health Minister Christian Dubé said on Monday he would close bars and other establishments that don’t enforce public health guidelines.
Dubé pleaded with bar owners and the owners of other gathering spots to follow guidelines, keep clients apart and prevent the spread of the virus.
“If the rules are not respected, we will close your venue,” he said. “I hope our intentions are clear and understood.”
Dubé pointed to a surge of cases in the United States, where many outbreaks have been centred on bars.
“We have only to look across the border to see what’s happening in some American states,” he said.
Quebec tallied three new COVID-19 deaths and 74 new cases on Monday for a total of 55,937 cases, and health officials attribute 5,577 deaths to the virus.